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Job Title:  Medical Technologist
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  VU-14-WRo-993884

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$60,827.00 to $79,073.00 / Per Year
Friday, November 15, 2013 to Thursday, December 05, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Minneapolis, MN View Map
Applications will be accepted from current permanent employees of the Minneapolis VA Medical Center, Canteen Service, and Minneapolis VA outpatient clinics only.
Not Applicable


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 993884 (Include # on all documents)

To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.  How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?


As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

Special Employment Consideration: Individuals eligible for the following appointments are encouraged to apply: 5 CFR 213.3102 "u", Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities ; mental retardation, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities; and Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.



Location: Minneapolis VA Health Care System

Tour of Duty: Monday-Friday, Administrative Hours


  • Not Required


  • No


  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required


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This position serves as Senior Medical Technologist for the Core Lab at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System. It is part of the Pathology and Laboratory Service of the Minneapolis VA Health Care System of VISN 23. The medical technologist serves in one or more sections of a clinical laboratory and is assigned specialized and complex laboratory tasks beyond providing patient test results:


--Serves as an expert providing authoritative advice and consultation for more markedly difficult, complex, unique, and/or emerging tests requiring special knowledge.  Examples are, but not limited to, molecular/DNA testing, bone marrow examination, genetic testing, and flow cytometry.

--Conducts studies and recommends changes to correct deficiencies and improve the specialty area.  Recommends new/replacement instrumentation.

--Designs work flow to accomplish objectives in the clinical specialty area.

--Advises all organizational levels on various aspects of the specialized testing, including the appropriateness of specific tests and takes into consideration the clinical context and usefulness of the test information. 

--Advises on alternate testing to overcome ambiguities in the clinical diagnoses. Identifies training needs appropriate for the type and complexity of the laboratory services performed.

--Identifies, defines, and resolves issues associated with complex aspects of data or unique or controversial aspects of the testing where no direct precedent exists.

--Analyzes emerging trends and technology and adopts appropriate methods and testing.

--Applies laws, policies, precedents, regulatory, licensing, and accrediting requirements to establish, monitor, and maintain the specialized testing.

--Maintains process control in a specialty area through a multifaceted quality assurance program.

--Develops and modifies methods, procedure, and techniques. In the absence of an on-site supervisor, directs workflow and reports concerns to section supervisor.


In addition to the required core competencies, must demonstrate the following:


Comprehensive knowledge of and skill in applying, a wide range of concepts, principles, and methodology of the field to perform advanced techniques.

Ability to modify or adapt established methods, procedures, or techniques to resolve difficult or complex problems.

Ability to recognize methodology limitations such as linearity, interference, sensitivity, and specificity to draw conclusions about the validity of testing results. 

Ability to perform validation/method verification studies for new systems and make recommendations.

Skill to provide advisory services to technicians, technologists, and other specialists.




Work Schedule: FULL-TIME, Monday-Friday, Administrative days

Position Description Title/PD#: Medical Technologist
Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.


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Citizenship.   Citizenship of the United States.   (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens )


Education and/or Experience Combination.   An associate's degree in laboratory science or medical laboratory technology from an accredited institution or an equivalent program composed of at least 60 semester hours, from an accredited institution that, at a minimum, includes either: (a)   24 semester hours of medical laboratory technology courses; or (b)   24 semester hours of science courses that includes 6 semester hours of chemistry; 6 semester hours of biology; and 12 semester hours of chemistry, biology, or medical laboratory technology in any combination; and have laboratory training that includes completion of a NAACLS approved clinical laboratory training program with at least 3 months documented laboratory training in each specialty that the individual performs high complexity testing.   In addition to the associate's degree, must possess at least 3 years of directly related, full time work experience.


Certification.   All candidates must currently possess or be eligible for and pass within one year the appropriate certification examination as a medical technologist or clinical laboratory scientist given by the American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Registry (ASCP-BOR), the National Credentialing Agency (NCA), American Association of Clinical Chemists (AACC) or American Medical Technologists (AMT), or the American Association of Bioanalysts (AAB).


English Language Proficiency.   Medical technologists must be proficient in spoken and written English





Experience. MTs must have the equivalent of one (1) year of creditable, progressively responsible experience comparable to the next lower grade level, and must fully meet the KSAs at that level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following professional KSAs and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs as indicated by an asterisk (*):(1) Comprehensive knowledge of and skill in applying, a wide range of concepts, principles, and methodology of the field to perform advanced techniques.; (2) Ability to modify or adapt established methods, procedures, or techniques to resolve difficult or complex problems.; (3)  Ability to recognize methodology limitations such as linearity, interference, sensitivity, and specificity to draw conclusions about the validity of testing results.; *(4) 

Ability to perform validation/method verification studies for new systems and make recommendations.

; *(5)  Skill to provide advisory services to technicians, technologists, and other specialists.


Education. Must have three (3) full years of progressively higher-level graduate education or a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in medical technology or a directly related field, provided the applicant’s total background demonstrates evidence of knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the work of the position to be filled.




References : VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G24, MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated March 2006,  and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications.  Applicants must, therefore, only report attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:  All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. *** If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. ***

Veterans' Preference:

When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit


Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.   You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.


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Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.  For more information please visit us at .


This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave:  Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.   VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service.  This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

Non-bargaining unit position.


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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850c IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.   You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online.  Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies.  Please see this guide ( for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications.  Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  Check your account ( ) to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire:
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: 993884.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, December 05, 2013.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume.
  2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at
  3. Occupational Questionnaire
  4. Latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action.


Waneda Robertson
Phone: (612)467-2060x4340
Agency Information:
VHA Minneapolis HCS
One Veterans Drive
Minneapolis, MN


After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements.  You will be notified when this decision is made.


If you are selected, your application package will be sent to the Professional Standards board to recommend approval of the appointment. You will be required to submit written responses to the KSAs for the boarding package.

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